England vs France cancelled: Rugby World Cup clash abandoned over Typhoon Hagibis in Japan | Rugby | Sport

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England’s Rugby World Cup Pool C tie against France is set to be cancelled, due to Typhoon Hagibis.

The typhoon is scheduled to strike Japan this weekend, which is also when England are supposed to be playing against France.

But, after Japanese authorities categorised the typhoon as “violent”, organisers looked for contingency plans – including finding another venue for the game or moving it back 24 hours.

But it appears that those contingency plans have failed, owing to the logistical problems of moving the event at short notice, and the game will now be scrapped.

The match will now be recorded as a scoreless draw, with each team being handed two points in Pool C.

While both teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals, it means that England are in the driving seat to top the group, as they’re already two points clear of their rivals France.

But, if Japan’s clash against Scotland is cancelled off, it could throw Pool A into chaos, as both teams battle for qualification.

Both England v France, and Japan v Scotland, were scheduled to take place at the Yokohama Stadium, in Yokohama City.

But, Typhoon Hagibis is set to strike Yokohama City this weekend, with both ties expected to be abandoned.

In Pool A, Japan would qualify for the quarter-finals, as they’re four points ahead of Scotland, who are in third.

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